About Us

Friends Home in Kennett: A senior community that values simplicity, friendship, and independence.


Friends Home in Kennett is a non-profit organization serving the regional community as a valued resource dedicated to providing a full range of high-quality care prioritizing residents’ independence in a homelike atmosphere for older men and women of modest means.


Friends Home in Kennett, building on more than a century of experience and Quaker values, will be an integral resource for the region and a recognized leader in providing a full range of high quality personal, skilled, and memory care through a safe, secure, and interactive community attuned to each resident’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs.


The Friends Home in Kennett community is guided by a set of values that draw from our Quaker origin and heritage. The values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship are often abbreviated as the acronym “SPICES”. All staff learn the SPICES and try to incorporate these values into their everyday practices.

The SPICES are lived in the following ways:

SIMPLICITY:  We offer a homelike space designed with access to the natural world and featuring simple beauty.

PEACE: We try always to resolve differences without resorting to violent words or actions.

INTEGRITY:  We are honest in our interactions with residents, co-workers, families, and business partners.

COMMUNITY:   We cherish the teamwork, unity, and spirit of vitality that pervades everything we do.

EQUALITY:  We acknowledge that every person has value and brings a richness to our interactions with one another.

STEWARDSHIP:  We are mindful in our use of our resources, including the funds entrusted to us, the buildings and equipment in our care, and the environment.


Friends Home in Kennett has operated continuously since 1898, when local members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) founded it to serve the needs of older adults among them. A boarding home at first, the Home served “Friends and those in sympathy with Friends.” Today, we serve all older adults regardless of their religious preference. Our original building dates to the 1850s, with additions built in 1912, 1914, 1952, and 1959 to accommodate a growing need in the community. With new State regulations introduced in the 1970s, the Home’s operation changed from a boarding home to a personal care home. In 1980, a 20-bed skilled nursing unit was added. Throughout its history, the Home has offered older adults a safe, comfortable, peaceful place to live in community.